domingo, marzo 30, 2008

E-Books in Higher Education: Nearing the End of the Era of Hype?


Arthur Suizberger, dueño, director encargado del períodico The New York Times, en una entrevista dice "I really don't know if we 'll be printing the Times in five years, and fou know what? I don't care, either." Esto en referencia a la transición de la vesión impresa a la versión digital y no al cierre de su períodico.

En el número más reciente de EDUCAUSE Review se discute el estado de los libros electrónicos en ambientes universitarios. Algunas de las preguntas que surgen del comentario de Suizberger en relación con los recursos educativos imoresos son:
1. If a newspaper like the Times could envision a point just five years away at which print distribution could end, what does that say for how college campuses distribute content and course materials?

2. The organizational reaction of staff at the Times to such a change was visceral—as it might also be among faculty, librarians, and other content providers on campus. Can a change of this magnitude happen that quickly?

3. Many believe that print will continue to be the preferred medium for much content long into the future, but it is also widely believed that change is coming and that change will be technology-driven.

4. Now is the time to begin preparing for, or at least envisioning, the possibility of a future with at least substantively fewer print materials. If there is a possibility that print could go significantly digital over the next five years, what should campus communities be thinking about now in preparation?
¿Qué significa para las instituciones de educación superior y sus proyectos de aprendizaje a distancia?

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